Discovering innovations in the treatment of cancer patients is a central mission of UCLA Department of Radiation Oncology. Patrick Kupelian, MD joined the department in 2010 as the Vice Chair of the department, and s leading the effort to grow and strengthen the clinical trials presence and translational research, and to develop a real time patient registry program. The clinical research team has expanded to include clinical research nurses, laboratory assistants, data managers, a biostatistician, and radiation oncologists.
Patrick Kupelian, MD, Professor of Radiation Oncology
Dr. Kupelian is a Professor of Radiation Oncology and Vice-Chair of Clinical Operations and Clinical Research at UCLA. He completed his residency training in radiation oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and completed a fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Following his fellowship, he was the section head of genitourinary malignancies in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Cleveland Clinic for 8 years. He also served as the Clinical Research Director of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Kupelian comes to UCLA from MD Anderson Cancer Center in Orlando, FL, where he was the Chairman and Scientific Director of Research for Radiation Oncology, and a Professor at the University of Central Florida. He is currently leading the radiation oncology clinical research innovations, growth, and program development at UCLA.
Vincent Basehart, Clinical Trials Director
Mr. Basehart joined UCLA Radiation Oncology in 2011 to help expand and continue to grow the clinical trials program. He began his research career at the UCLA Institutional Review Board and subsequently led clinical research teams in drug abuse research, AIDS, organ transplant and medical oncology. Mr. Basehart recently returned to UCLA after leading the Contracting and Regulatory Affairs unit of Premiere Oncology, a Phase I oncology clinical research center. He is an expert in regulatory affairs and clinical research administration processes, and has worked in clinical research for the past 17 years.
Care Felix, Clinical Trial Coordinator
Ms. Felix has coordinated studies in a variety of medical specialties including organ transplant, medical oncology, family medicine, pulmonary medicine and cardiology. She has managed clinical trials sponsored by both biopharmaceutical industry and National Institutes of Health at UCLA as well as Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She is a graduate of UCLA.
Jackie Hernandez, Clinical Trials Coordinator
Ms. Hernandez has been a clinical trials coordinator at UCLA since 1993. She has managed many clinical trials, mostly in the field of medical oncology. She was a key member of the UCLA research team which developed pembrolizumab, a treatment for metastatic melanoma, studying it from its earliest Phase I studies to full FDA approval.
Victoria Ramirez, Clinical Trial Coordinator
Ms. Ramirez has been a clinical trials coordinator since 1992. The focus of her career has been mostly in protease inhibitors and other anti-HIV drug development, including being a member of the team which first brought AZT to use in a clinical setting. She joined the UCLA Radiation Oncology team in 2015 and currently serves as a coordinator on a number of research programs including prostate and head and neck cancer.
Yugang Min, Ph.D., Programmer/Analyst
Dr. Min is a computer scientist who earned his doctorate at the University of Central Florida at Orlando. He joined the UCLA Department of Radiation Oncology clinical research team in 2017 and has contributed to the development of motion tracking technology and 3D camera recognition. He is an expert in clinical image processing, computer vision, virtual reality and machine learning.
Fang-I Chu, Ph.D., Biostatistician
Dr. Chu joined the UCLA Department of Radiation Oncology team in 2017. She earned her doctorate in Statistics and Applied Probability at UC Santa Barbara. Among her areas of expertise are survival analysis, biostatistics and its applications, model selection and simulation, longitudinal data analysis, and data visualizing and data mining. She has contributed to dozens of publications and is a speaker on various topics related to biostatistics. Dr. Chu is a major contributor to the design of the Department’s protocols and analysis of data.
If you are interested in joining a clinical trial or would like more information regarding clinical trials and/or which trials are currently being performed in our department, please call the Research Team at (310) 825-6577.